Certas Energy, the leading independent distributor of fuel and lubricants in the UK, has overseen the collaboration with the British Truck Racing Association (BTRA) and Shell to obtain FIA approval on the use of a cleaner burning diesel alternative fuel.

To help reduce local air emissions, Shell’s Gas-to-liquid (GTL) Fuel, supplied exclusively in the UK by Certas Energy, has been approved for use with immediate effect in the BTRA Division 2 Truck Racing Championship.

Shell GTL Fuel is a paraffinic fuel that has improved combustion properties inside standard and heavy duty diesel engines. It can be used as a drop-in fuel in diesel engines without the need for vehicle modifications or new infrastructure.

At BTRA race meetings in Thruxton and Brands Hatch, leading developer and manufacturer of emissions test equipment, Premier Diagnostics, tested racing trucks including SISU, Seddon Atkinson and Renault vehicles running on Shell GTL Fuel and diesel for emissions of harmful pollutants. The tests – run with a four gas analyser and a DS2 smoke meter – revealed significant reductions in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and smoke when using Shell GTL Fuel compared to conventional diesel.

Dedicated emissions studies have shown that Shell GTL Fuel can reduce NOx emissions by up to 37%, and particulate matter (PM) by up to 50% compared to conventional diesel. The cleaner burning diesel alternative is also biodegradable and non-toxic as it is free of harmful components such as sulphur, metals, and aromatics.

Spectators and drivers at BTRA events can now enjoy truck racing in a more pleasant environment as Shell GTL Fuel produces lower noise levels, less smoke, and is odourless.

Katrina McDonnell, Head of Speciality Fuels and Services at Certas Energy, expressed her excitement at the collaboration: “We’re very pleased to be supporting the BTRA’s transition to cleaner truck racing. With Shell GTL Fuel, visitors to BTRA events can now enjoy races in a cleaner environment. The BTRA always put on a good show for truck racing fans across the country, so we’re delighted at the prospect of that experience being made even better – for drivers and fans alike.”

BTRA Championship Coordinator, David Wheadon, also commented: “Creating the best possible experience for fans is our top priority, and we’re committed to minimising the environmental impact of truck racing. We’re excited that Shell GTL Fuel has been approved for Division 2 truck racing and are very pleased with the support we’ve received from Certas Energy to facilitate the switch.”

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